Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Time and NIST

From an article – one in the inevitable series in the MSM - in Time on September 11 conspiracy theories (I don’t know what happened to the missing ‘)’!):

“But there's a big problem with Loose Change and with most other conspiracy theories. The more you think about them, the more you realize how much they depend on circumstantial evidence, facts without analysis or documentation, quotes taken out of context and the scattered testimony of traumatized eyewitnesses. (For what it's worth, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has published a fact sheet responding to some of the conspiracy theorists' ideas on its website, The theories prompt small, reasonable questions that demand answers that are just too large and unreasonable to swallow. Granted, the Pentagon crash site looks odd in photographs. But if the Pentagon was hit by a cruise missile, then what happened to American Airlines Flight 77? Where did all the real, documented people on it go? Assassinated? Relocated? What about eyewitnesses who saw a plane, not a missile? And what are the chances that an operation of such size – it would surely have involved hundreds of military and civilian personnel – could be carried out without a single leak? Without leaving behind a single piece of evidence hard enough to stand up to scrutiny in a court? People, the feds just aren't that slick. Nobody is.”

Note the trick:  NIST deals extensively with the attack on the two towers.  It only mentions the Pentagon attack in passing.  Reading Time, you’d assume that NIST had refuted all the good questions raised in the paragraph.  That is not true.  NIST demolishes the controlled demolition theory of the WTC, but is too smart to touch the real issues, the Pentagon and WTC7.

By the way, why is it such a big issue with Pentagon conspiracy debunkers that we can’t explain what happened to the plane?  We’re supposed to believe on some accounts of the WTC collapse that they planted tons of explosives in hundreds of places in a fully occupied building, but the conspirators are supposed to be stumped in getting rid of one airplane?